Nature

"Spoiling for a Fight"

April 9, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An Eastern Cottonmouth snake, agkistrodon piscivorus

A listener has an encounter with an Eastern Cottonmouth.

Essential Activities of Agriculture Continue During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 6, 2020 - Posted in Local by Alfred Turner
Making It Grow Minute

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow . During a recent interview, Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers detailed the breadth of agricultural activities considered essential during this time of national crisis, and that there is...

Mountain Laurel on the Coast?

March 12, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), Greenville County, South Carolina

Yes, you can find "disjunct" populations of Mountain laurel in pockets on the coast of South Carolina where the micro-climate is just right.

Turkey Tail Mushrooms

February 20, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Turkey Tail Mushrooms

The Turkey Tail mushroom, Trametes versicolor – also known as Coriolus versicolor and Polyporus versicolor – is a common polypore mushroom found throughout the world.

Fowler's Toads

February 19, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Fowler's toad

Fowler's toad (Anaxyrus fowleri, formerly Bufo fowleri) is a species of toad in the family Bufonidae. The species is native to North America, where it occurs in much of the eastern United States and parts of adjacent Canada.

Columnar Stinkhorn

January 27, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A column stinkhorn (Clathrus columnatus).

Clathrus columnatus, commonly known as the column (or columnar) stinkhorn, has a widespread distribution, and has been found in Africa, Australasia, and the Americas. It may have been introduced to North America with exotic plants.

Double-Crested Cormorants

January 23, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A double-crested cormorant

The double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is a member of the cormorant family of seabirds. Its habitat is near rivers and lakes as well as in coastal areas, and is widely distributed across North America, from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska down to Florida and...

The Bird in the Corner of the Porch

January 21, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Carolina wren.

The Carolina wren sometimes overnights in the shelter of a porch.

Starfish Stink Horn Mushroom

January 16, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Starfish stinkhorn mushroom

This fairly common fungus is widely distributed in Australia and across many islands in the Pacific Ocean, including New Zealand. From its natural habitat it appears to have travelled to other parts of the world in garden or soil products.

Chinese Mantis Egg Cases

January 14, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Chinese mantis egg case

If you find one of these egg cases, leave them in place. The mantis will emerge in spring.

Plum Grass

January 13, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Plume grass

Saccharum is a genus of tall perennial plants of the broomsedge tribe within the grass family. The genus is widespread across tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate regions in Africa, Eurasia, Australia, the Americas, and assorted oceanic islands. Several species are...

Crane-Fly Orchids

January 9, 2020 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
The leaf of a Crane-Fly Orchid.

This is a good time of year to spot Crane-Fly orchids.

"I Heard a Bird Sing in the Dark of December..."

December 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
White-throated sparrow

"...a magical thing and sweet to remember." - Oliver Herford . Rudy suggests which bird one might hear this time of year in South Carolina.

Robin Flocks

December 12, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
An American robin

A listener finds a huge flock of American robins in her yard...

Wheel Bug

December 11, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A wheel bug

The wheel bug (Arilus cristatus) is a species of large assassin bug in the family Reduviidae (literally, "hangnail"). The species is one of the largest terrestrial true bugs in North America, reaching up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) in length in their adult stage.

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